David asks…

I need help on Hamlet!! I don’t understand what I’m reading…What mood does Scene 1 set for the rest?

of the play? Thanks!

Helen answers:

Bernardo
Who’s there?
Francisco
Nay, answer me: stand, and unfold yourself.
Bernardo
Long live the king!

The play had begun with the question, “Who’s there?” and the injunction to “Unfold yourself.” Hamlet, with his vow to his father had enfolded himself in his father’s value-system, just as he enfolded the note in the form of the other, the changling never known. By the end of the play, he had finally unfolded himself.
Http://www.thyorisons.com/#Voice – The Voice of Denmark

Bernardo opens the play with a question: “who’s there?”. That question reverberates throughout the play.

Who’s there?… What, is Horatio there?… Looks it not like the king? Is it not like the king? . So like the king that was and is the question of these wars .How is it that the clouds still hang on you?. Methinks I see my father. Where, my lord? In my mind’s eye Must I remember?… What does this mean, my lord? What may this mean… Why is this? Wherefore? What should we do?… Why, what should be the fear?… What if it… Deprive your sovereignty of reason and draw you into madness? Whither wilt thou lead me? Thou comest in such a questionable shape… Canst work i’ the earth so fast? What is’t but to be nothing else but mad? Will you walk out of the air, my lord? Into my grave… And can you, by no drift of circumstance, get from him why he puts on this confusion, grating so harshly all his days of quiet with turbulent and dangerous lunacy?… Some necessary question of the play be then to be considered. To be or not to be. That is the question. So like the king that was and is the question of these wars Who, I?… What is your cause of distemper? Sir, I lack advancement. How can that be, when you have the voice of the king himself for your succession in Denmark? Sir, I cannot make you a wholesome answer; my wit’s diseased..Try what repentance can: what can it not? Yet what can it when one can not repent? Two thousand souls and twenty thousand ducats will not debate the question of this straw…..must the inheritor himself have no more, ha?…How came he mad?…Whose grave’s this, sirrah?… Is’t not perfect conscience, to quit him with this arm? And is’t not to be damn’d, to let this canker of our nature come in further evil?.. Crowner’s quest…answer to the purpose the king’s purpose confess thyself..when you are asked this question next, say ‘a grave-maker’. … If your lordship would vouchsafe the answer…How if I answer ‘no’?.. Who does it, then? His madness… Is thy union here?.. What warlike noise is this?.
Http://www.thyorisons.com/#Questions_of_the_Play – Questions of the Play

Hamlet
…some necessary question of the play be then to be considered…

Hamlet
To be, or not to be: that is the question.

Hamlet
…for look, where my abridgement comes.

Bernardo [In Act I, Scene I]
I think it BE no other but e’en so:
Well may it sort that this portentous figure
Comes armed through our watch; so like the king
THAT was and IS THE QUESTION of these wars.

The “necessary question of the play.” for Hamlet is “TO BE OR NOT TO BE,” like the Ghost, “so like the king THAT was and IS THE QUESTION of these wars.”

Lizzie asks…

What do you think happens after death.?

Do you think after we die that all the mysteries of the world are revealed to us. Like cures for diseases..why things were made a certain way..any and all questions you have asked yourself but never known he answer to?
I don’t feel like most of the people answering this question are really understanding what it is that I am asking. I am not wanting to know exactly “what happens when we die” i want to know your own opinion and belief on if the mysteries of the world and if they are revealed to us.

Helen answers:

I believe we go back to ashes as it states in the Bible. When the Lord comes back to earth, all the saints will be taken up to heaven. I’ve often imagined seeing my parents spirits being taken out of the graves and when they get to heaven, looking in the eyes of our Jesus. If we believe the Word of God, we have to believe that He is preparing mansions for us in heaven and that should be our goal to get there. Yes, to your questions. We will know all the unanswered questions we have today. God Bless you.

Joseph asks…

Why do eyes look bulged?

My eyes seem to be bulging. It feels like they’re bigger in size and look very dull. Why does this happen? What should i do to prevent it and get normal?

Helen answers:

Bulging eyes is the abnormal protrusion (bulging out) of one or both eyeballs.Bulging of eyes temporarily is due to insufficient sleep.

But sometimes,Prominent eyes may be a family trait. However, prominent eyes are not the same as bulging eyes. Bulging eyes should receive immediate attention.
Bulging of a single eye, especially in a child, is a very serious sign and should be evaluated immediately.
Hyperthyroidism (particularly Graves disease) is the most common cause of bulging eyes. With this condition, the eyes don’t blink very often and seem to have a staring quality.
Generally, there should be no visible white between the top of the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the upper eyelid. Seeing white in this area is usually a good indication that there is abnormal eye bulging.
Because eye changes develop slowly, family members may not notice it until the condition is relatively advanced. Photographs often draw attention to the bulging when it may have gone unnoticed previously.
But sometimes it may be Keratoconus. It is an eye condition where the clear front of the eye, the cornea, gets thin and bulges outward into a cone shape. This usually begins in the teens or early twenties and affects mostly males. And one eye is usually worse than the other eye. It is also oftentimes familial, so alert other family members to get their eyes checked.
Better consult your doctor.

Linda asks…

Why does Diane Finley one of the ministers of Canada always have a pair of sunglasses on?She’s blind or what??

Answer me cuz this is a hard question plz!

Helen answers:

She has graves disease. Graves disease is an autoimmune disease which cases over activity of the thyroid.

One of the symptoms is changes in vision and the ways the eyes look. There is a hypersensitivity to light, and in severe cases they eyes may protrude from the head or appear red and irritated.

She wear the sunglasses to protect against the bright lights in the house of common

Donald asks…

What am I supposed to do for another two months?

My mom and a bunch of other people are saying a visit to the doctor will help me and my issues. I couldn’t get an appointment until June. I don’t understand how a doctor will help me though because my issues seem to be situational.
-My roommates. Both used to try to convince me to kill myself, and hurt others. Now one (T920MAC, or Tyre) is my friend, but consistently fights with the other (V799K, or Fin).
-I can’t talk to anybody. I mean, I can talk, but only somethings. I can’t tell anything of significance because they will realize who I am and want to hurt me. I’m thinking of just coming out and letting them kill me, and dealing with those consequences because I’ll be a martyr. I think I’d be better of killing myself too, but I’m unsure.
-Eating. This ties in with Fin more-so, but I figured I needed 3 for a trifecta. He won’t check my food unless I bleed for him. Generally twice a week, pending on severity.
I kinda want to see if this doctor will help because I am curious, but at the same time I’m scared and just want to suffocate in my closet.
they won’t simply move out either. my mom says to ignore them, she’s pretty good because she doesn’t even know they’re there.

Helen answers:

Man is his life. Our lives are series of experiences. As is the experience, so is life. If a person’s experiences are unhappy, his life is unhappy and vice versa. A single day in one’s life is a small replica of one’s whole life. If man is unable to work towards change for even a day in his life, then he will not be able to change his life. To change his life, he has to change every moment.. Every day. If he does not change but says he is working on changing himself, then it is just a figment of his imagination.
To change one’s life, one has to observe. Observe one’s body, mind, feelings, values, and observe as to how one responds to the various situations in life. But if one gives excuses of changing from tomorrow, then one will never work on changing today, but only postpone it to tomorrow. This is one of the gravest diseases in spirituality.
In order to truly work on changing oneself, one has to define one’s work. The field of one’s work is today.
How do I know that I am working on the process of changing myself?
The true quality of work is to observe your reactions to the situations in life. Are you reacting or responding to situations? If you are reacting to a situation, then the situation is controlling you, but if you are responding to it then your commitment is guiding you. For instance, when someone scolds you and you react, then the situation is controlling you but if you pause and observe your behaviour or question whether you should remain quiet or ignore him or answer him back …. Then you are bringing your ‘presence,’ your conscious ‘presence’ to the situation. This is a response. The true responsibility is the ability to respond.
I see my reactions as being mechanical. I feel I am a machine, a robot. What do I do?
You are conscious of the fact that your reactions are mechanical. The very fact that you are conscious shows that you are not a machine but a conscious being. Draw your energy from this consciousness. At present, you are not anchored in the ‘presence’ of your consciousness. Your ‘I’ is in the ‘mechanicalness.’ Your ‘I’ should be anchored in your consciousness. Bring this ‘presence’ in your daily activities of life.
What should my action plan be in my daily activities of life?
Bring the ‘presence’ of consciousness in your daily activities. The spiritual work-exercise is to bring consciousness in small activities of life. Be conscious of your reactions and be aware if your feelings have purity or the garbage of negativity. Be conscious of your voice. Is your body relaxed or tense? Are your thoughts compulsive? Can you be inwardly empty, free from the unnecessary thoughts? Observe your self-talk. Find out whether your self-talk guides or distracts you.
Why is my mind always talking? Is this self-talk essential or unessential?
Our minds are constantly dominating our lives. We are entrapped by our minds and they become our enemies. Mind has a self-talk mechanism. Having compulsive thoughts is a psychological disorder.
As we have not raised the level of our consciousness, our mind keeps on chattering.
Do this exercise; just as a tiger waits and watches out for its prey, wait and watch out for thoughts that arise. At this moment shut your eyes, and observe the first, second and the third thought in that order. Do it right now.
You will observe that no thoughts arise. When you are alert, thoughts do not arise. In the space of alertness, your ‘presence’ is more conscious. When our ‘presence’ has less consciousness, there are more thoughts.
Hence when the mind is constantly talking, it indicates that your level of consciousness has not increased. More thoughts are a symptom of being less conscious.
Consciously use your self-talk when required and when not required learn to be inwardly empty.
How do I eliminate negative thoughts in my mind?
Understand that every thought creates a subtle substance. Negative thought creates a hurt body; positive thought creates a bliss body. The bliss body will uplift you while the hurt body will make you a victim of circumstances in life.
Secondly, whenever a negative thought arises, learn to dis-identify from it. See yourself as a witness and the thought as witnessed by you. You are the subject and the thought is an object. You are an observer and the thought is the observed. Slowly distance yourself from the thought.
Thirdly, observe how dominating your mind is and how compulsive thoughts are being processed.
Finally, as far as possible, let there be absence of words. Learn to develop the taste of being without any self-talk.

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